Have you ever read a book in English? It sounds very difficult when you are a beginner, but if you were serious to learn English I really recommend you to read books or magazine articles in English. The book or magazine article you choose to read doesn't need to be long and difficult, the more important thing is to enjoy reading. For me, the first English book I read was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since this book was written originally for children, and I already knew the story has watched the film by Tim Burton in 2005, it was easier than textbooks and more fun to read.
Recently, I read an article 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every day. It talks about the benefits of reading in general, and in my opinion, these benefits won't change even when we read in second language. Furthermore, when we read in second language there will be more benefits by the following 5 things which mentioned in the above article.
1. Mental Stimulation: 脳が刺激される
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.
3. Knowledge: 知識が増える
Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
4. Vocabulary Expansion: 語彙が増える
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to.
Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem.
7. Improved Focus and Concentration: 集中力が改善される
In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day.
When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away.
10. Free Entertainment: 娯楽なのに無料
For low-budget entertainment, you can visit your local library and bask in the glory of the countless tomes available there for free. Libraries have books on every subject imaginable, and since they rotate their stock and constantly get new books, you’ll never run out of reading materials.
Native English speakers have more vocabulary hence they use more complex phrases. It's normal, when we speak in Japanese we also use a lot of words or phrases that foreign Japanese learners never see in their Japanese dictionary. So, even if those English textbooks or any learning materials you've tried were too difficult for you, don't worry. You were just not ready yet, and you can start over again with something different.
I don't use complicated words, phrases or grammar compared to native English speakers. It means that it's easier to read for those who are still beginner at English. So if you liked it, don't forget to subscribe to my blog to keep reading English every day! I hope my website will be of good help for improving your English reading ability. Thank you for reading till the end, see you next time!